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The Jewel of Medina: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

This novel positively increased my understanding of Islam, its history and significant founders

I have just read the Jewel of Medina and it is an inspiring, well written adventure that brings the early days of the Muslim religion to life. This is my first exposure to the Muslim culture and it is a very positive experience. Muhammad, A'isha and Ali become real pe...
I have just read the Jewel of Medina and it is an inspiring, well written adventure that brings the early days of the Muslim religion to life. This is my first exposure to the Muslim culture and it is a very positive experience. Muhammad, A'isha and Ali become real people expressing honest human emotions and a genuine desire for creating a religion of peace, understanding and equality. This is such a relief from their minimalist image portrayed by today┬┐s Muslim extremists. The Jewel of Medina held my attention from the opening prologue and never faltered. It is fast paced, complex, emotional and even lighthearted as Muhammad, A'isha and Ali each evolve into powerful leaders for their faith. Read the Jewel of Medina for entertainment, understanding and compassion.

posted by Anonymous on October 7, 2008

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

scorchingly frank and debauch

Jewel of Medina is a scorching tale of exploitation and eroticism... told with a knowing tenderness and yet brutal and pointed.

posted by DaDa on March 2, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2008

    Poorly written with forged stories and lies about Aisha, an actual and very important figure for Muslims

    Written with no care about the authentic historical narrations of the story of Aisha, even though the synopsis to the books states to be 'extensively researched'. Inspired by the scandals over European newspapers' cartoons the writing and the publishing of the novel is solely aimed to raise controversy and add anger to the anger of Muslims, just like a young boy playing with the bee-nest.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2008

    I don't care about the controversy, I care about the writing - and it's BAD!

    I was intrigued to finally have the chance to read this book after so much hoopla over its publication. The problem is, the book is just poorly written. It's melodramatic, unbelievable, and tedious. In trying to conjure a medieval Arabic style, the author has instead fallen flat and written a book that will make you roll your eyes or groan aloud at the weak and overly dramatic metaphors. Gag.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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